SECTOR EXPERTISE

Power, Utilities and Infrastructure

Your partner in facilitating complex projects across the continent

We provide tailored financing solutions and expertise to meet Africa’s growing energy and infrastructure demands.

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TOTAL DEAL VALUE

R70bn +

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DEALS DONE

33 +

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THOUGHTS FROM OUR LEADERS

Powering up the African continent

One of the key factors inhibiting commerce and development in Africa is the inadequacy of world class infrastructure to support power, water, ICT and transport services – therein lies an enormous opportunity for firms operating in this sector.

Electric power has consistently attracted the largest portion of new capital in Africa. And yet the continent still only has an electrification rate of 30%, thus power remains a substantial area for potential growth. Beyond electricity, significant opportunities exist more broadly across infrastructure –  these include roads and rail networks, telecoms, ports & airports, healthcare and social infrastructure.

While the need is clear, the financing of these projects remains a challenge.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) estimates that Africa’s infrastructure requirements amount to between US$130 billion and US$170 billion per year – with a financing gap in the range of US$68 billion and US$108 billion. These figures are far higher than previous estimates.

As a leading pan-African financier, with an on-the-ground presence in 10 countries across the continent, we believe we have a key role to play in closing this gap.

At Absa CIB, we work with multinationals, developers, engineering, procurement and construction firms, equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders, and pride ourselves on having the necessary expertise to structure the complicated funding of large infrastructure projects in emerging markets – assisting our clients to navigate the associated risks to win in these territories.

We partner with you to make things happen.

Bhavtik Vallabhjee

Head: Power, Utilities & Infrastructure

Latest insights

A look at the factors driving infrastructure projects across the continent today.

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Forward thinking investors and entrepreneurs in the African energy sector will deliver significant downstream benefits for the continent in the coming years.

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Absa Insights Series: The future of renewable energy is bright

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The market exists and, so does the technology – the question is, who is capable of operating energy storage in South Africa?

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Absa Insights Series: Energy is the gatekeeper to a prosperous future

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